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Happy Thanksgiving

Barbara Vey -- November 28th, 2013


Thanksgiving has always been a big deal for my family.  We celebrated at my grandma’s house when I was growing up.  She had a roaster that was built into a stand that had a cabinet below and held the biggest turkeys I’d ever seen.  The smell permeated the house for hours while we peeled potatoes, cleaned vegetables and made whipped cream for the pies.

And the pies.  There would usually be about 14 pies lined up.  Banana, chocolate, pumpkin and cherry.  These were made the day before and grandma would bake the left over crust and sprinkle it with cinnamon and sugar.  We all wanted to help bake the pies.  No pre-made crust for her.


The stuffing burst from the turkey, but mom and grandma always made extra to feed our brood of 15.    We would watch the parade on tv, eat for lunch, watch football, play games and eat again.  Of course, we had leftovers for the next week, but that was fine by me.

Now I go to my sister’s house and there will be about 25 of us (not everyone is in town this year).  We will still have turkey, stuffing, vegetables and lots of pie, but one thing is added this year.  My sister asked each of us to bring food for the local food bank.  We’re all happy to do it and it helps us realize how thankful we are for having each other.

What are you thankful for?

Bottom Line:  I’m thankful for the opportunity to know you all through this blog and the love of books we share.

Authors Give Thanks

Barbara Vey -- November 22nd, 2012
What are you thankful for?  Author Jeannie Lin is thankful for her healthy twins, Daniel and Mae-Linh

What are you thankful for? Author Jeannie Lin is thankful for her healthy twins, Daniel and Mae-Linh

While I’m a firm believer in giving thanks everyday (there’s way too much to be thankful for then can be mentioned in one day), I asked a few authors what they are thankful for.

Jeannie Lin:  Last Christmas my twins were 10 days old and fit inside a small gift bag. I’m thankful that today, 11 months later, they are happy and healthy with chubby little cheeks.


Marjorie M. Liu:  As always, I am thankful for my family and all my wonderful friends, new and old, and for the blessing of being alive in this beautiful world doing what I love and being with those I love.

Daniel Marks:  I’m thankful to have found such grim, gruesome, like-minded readers and supporters, who’ve made my debut year a fantastic experience!

Military Thanksgiving

Military Thanksgiving

Dianna Love:  I’m thankful for every day I can wake up in a country where my family is safe – huge thanks to our military who won’t be home for the holidays. 
Tracey Devlyn:  I’m so thankful for my supportive and loving husband, Tim. He’s been my rock and friend for nearly two decades and is a huge source of inspiration when I’m crafting my heroes.
Nancy Naigle:  Thanksgiving always fosters a vivid recollection of the relationships that have come into my life. I’m so thankful for the friendships, experiences and partnerships that I’ve had this year and look forward to the continued opportunities to share the many blessings with others.


Lisa Kessler:  I’m thankful for my amazing writer friends who are always there to buoy my spirits. Parts of this year were bleak and painful, and yet, they always made me smile and I still finished two more books in spite of the drama.


Susan Carlisle:  I’m thankful for readers that make being an author the best job ever.
Today I’m thankful for the crazy set of circumstances that led me to this incredible second career and to all the amazing, talented people I’ve had the honor of meeting along the way.
And what are you thankful for today?  What especially comes to mind as you gather with family and friends?  Is this year different from others?
Bottom Line:  “Take a moment and think about all you have and not all you want.” ~ Lori Basterash

Happy Thanksgiving

Barbara Vey -- November 25th, 2010

Holidays spent with families are always important.  Unfortunately, my sons will be in St. Louis and I’ll be in Milwaukee.  Luckily, most of my brothers and sisters are here with their families, so I consider myself blessed.

May you all find something to be thankful for this time of year and always.  I’m thankful I’ve been given this opportunity to meet so many of you and enjoy so much of what publishing offers.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Bottom Line: The best part of the Thanksgiving dinner is the leftovers.